Thursday, February 12, 2015


     We are discussing forms of poetry in our classroom this week. Tomorrow we learn about haiku and free verse.  I went looking for some pieces I had published at Black Dahlia, which appears to be defunct.
     So I'm re-posting (and thus archiving) the haiku here. If you are not familiar with the form, haiku (briefly) are short poems that use words to capture a feeling or image of nature, beauty, or a particular sensory moment.. They are usually written as three lines: the first contains 5 syllables, the second line 7 syllables, the third line 5 syllables.

black sky, winter night
the geese with their snowy wings
painting the full moon

empty cave, dry stream
long echoing pointlessly
come inside and weep

Mr. Jones removed
the old oak tree, foreclosing
Mr. Robin's home.

Willow's spring tresses
tangled, supple, alluring
belie wrinkled bark

teasing winds leap out
assaulting my umbrella
and lifting her skirts